Brandon Beane: Stefon Diggs more of a “proven thing” than the draft

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General Manager Brandon Beane said last week the Bills would watch Stefon Diggs‘ highlights when the Vikings went on the clock with the first-round choice Buffalo traded for the receiver. On Monday, Beane said Diggs is more of a sure thing than anybody in the draft.

Even though the 2020 draft appears stocked with talented receivers, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult to get a full picture of prospects in the absence of visits, pro days and private workouts.

“It’s just a more proven thing right now and what we’re dealing with did weigh into that,” Beane said on a video conference, via NFL Media. “I know this guy [Diggs] knows ball and will be able to understand the verbiage once he learns our system.”

In five seasons in Minnesota, Diggs averaged 73 catches, 925 yards and six touchdowns.

The Bills pursued Diggs at the trade deadline in October, but the Vikings rebuffed trade talks. Beane tried again in March.

“It didn’t seem like a definitive 100 percent no, they just were not shopping him,” Beane said.

The Bills outbid several teams with their offer of four draft choices, but Beane believes the price paid will prove more than worth it.

“The key in this league is you’ve got to be able to throw when the other team knows you’re going to throw it,” Beane said.

20 responses to “Brandon Beane: Stefon Diggs more of a “proven thing” than the draft

  1. Turns 27 this year. More times than not you end up paying this guy more than he is worth. I would have gone with a young player that could grow with your young QB. As a Packer fan I would rather the Vikings kept the Diggs over getting the cheaper option that has a higher ceiling.

  2. What a boneheaded move, they could have had a stud WR in the draft with a single pick and saved a ton of cap room, but they chose a proven headcase instead, costing them 4 picks and a ton of cash and cap room.

    Moves like this and moving up to get Trash Allen are why the Bills are the Bills.

    #neverwonathingever

  3. I wish Beane knew what he was doing but he obviously doesn’t.

    What a mess.

  4. 1st round wide receivers are mostly busts.

    Here’s the 1st round receivers for the past 5 years. Maybe three are worth a damn and none better than Diggs.

    D.J. Moore
    Calvin Ridley
    Corey Davis
    Mike Williams
    John Ross
    Corey Coleman
    Will Fuller
    Josh Doctson
    Laquon Treadwell
    Amari Cooper
    Kevin White
    DeVante Parker
    Nelson Agholor
    Breshad Perriman
    Phillip Dorsett
    Sammy Watkins
    Mike Evans
    Odell Beckham
    Brandin Cooks
    Kelvin Benjamin

  5. I agree with Bucky (other than keeping Diggs on the Vikings). I was done with Diggs after all his antics during the current off season.

    This trade reminds me a lot of the Vikings trade of Percy Harvin to the Seahawks several years ago. Percy had done many good things in MN, but Seattle basically got nothing out of him.

    The Vikings got Xavier Rhodes in 2013, Jerrick Mckinnon in 2014 and a 7th rounder for Harvin in 2013.

    The Vikings are getting R1 pick 22, R6, R7 in 2020 and a 4th rounder in 2021 – that’s a much better haul of draft picks.

    I don’t wish Buffalo any ill will.

  6. I agree with this thinking Diggs is one of the best route runners in the NFL. I doubt some rookie is going to match him there too.Good luck in Buffalo #14.

  7. No such creature as a sure thing in the top 10 of the draft, and at 22 it’s even more of a crap shoot. Beane is smart to add a proven stud WR who doesn’t need 2 years to get acclimated to the NFL, and still might be a bust. Beane, along with Sean McDermott, has worked hard to establish a team-first culture. Diggs will fit in just fine with the Bills, just like Randy Moss did with the Pats.

  8. AFL Champions, back to back. Facts don’t lie.

    Still mad that Al Davis had to get bailed out by Ralph Wilson Jr, I see.

  9. Beane is correct, it is likely that even a 1st round WR will be better than Diggs this year, as WRs usually take at least a year to develop. Clearly the Bills are in a win-now mode, which I hope works out for both the Bills and Diggs.

    However, the thing about the need to pick another equivalent WR in the first round is a bit misleading. For example, the Vikes drafted Diggs in the 5th round and signed Thielen off the street — so a team doesn’t need a first rounder to hit on a good WR. Now the Vikings have 3 additional picks to not only pick a WR, but build depth — something teams with limited cap space need. When Allen his his 5th year and the Bills have to start paying that defense, they will miss the cheap, young talent. Didn’t work for the Rams, but maybe it will work for the Bills.

  10. Stephon Diggs is a proven thing in MN. In Buffalo he’s almost as unproven as a rookie in the draft. The only difference is you know his skills can translate to NFL level. But you still don’t know how he’ll respond to the system, environment and staff. There’s been lots of great FA’s that have signed with another team and not been the same.

  11. Look at how Vikings receivers have worked out in FA? Randy Moss to Raiders and Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice to Seahawks.

  12. One 5th round pick turn into 4 picks, especially 1st rounder is awesome for Vikings. Vikings would do it every time. Thanks Loser Buffalo.

  13. Nearly every team has a win-now game plan. Picking up a proven No.1 is as close to a sure-thing as you can get. Draft picks are crap-shoots. Sometimes you hit, but more often than not you miss. This was win-win for both teams.

  14. Stephon Diggs is a proven commodity his numbers bare that as a fact… A lot of people are ragging Diggs because he wanted out of Minnesota because he didn’t want to play with Kirk Cousins, any WR that has played with Cousins knows that Kirk is an excuse waiting to happen and one who never takes responsibility for his mistakes. Adam Theilman said that Diggs is a great locker room guy, a person that makes everyone better. Diggs will be a big plus for a young QB, Diggs will demand double coverage leaving Bills WRs Brown and Cole Beasley with single coverage. Diggs presents will not only improve Josh Allen and Bills WRs but also the running game, defenses can’t drop that safety down in the box.

  15. good to see things don’t change..the idiot from up north on B2B2B posts….impressive dedication to a team you don’t even like….and codylaws angry, off the mark post as usual. Full disclosure, new screen name from the old cheek2vegas since that account is lost forever…..so I have one account, Joe how many are you up too?

  16. Beane is smart – this was a great pick-up.

    As soon as Hopkins was off the table, Diggs was really the only elite option. He’s a sure thing. A draft pick never is.

  17. cheekflamingoz says:
    April 7, 2020 at 10:33 am
    good to see things don’t change..the idiot from up north on B2B2B posts….impressive dedication to a team you don’t even like….and codylaws angry, off the mark post as usual. Full disclosure, new screen name from the old cheek2vegas since that account is lost forever…..so I have one account, Joe how many are you up too?

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    Tend to agree with you Cheek. Rex Ryan is forced to apologize for calling a player a “turd”, yet some guy from up north is constantly calling a Buffalo player “trash”. I don’t get it. The facts certainly do not back up his assessment.

  18. joetoronto says:
    April 6, 2020 at 5:20 pm
    What a boneheaded move, they could have had a stud WR in the draft with a single pick and saved a ton of cap room, but they chose a proven headcase instead, costing them 4 picks and a ton of cash and cap room.

    Moves like this and moving up to get Trash Allen are why the Bills are the Bills.

    #neverwonathingever
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    It would have cost the Bills much more than they gave up for Diggs to get one of the top three prospects in this draft.
    Lamb
    Jeudy
    Ruggs

    Outside of those three it’s anybody’s guess who will pan out.
    Moving up from 21 in the first to the top 10 where they will get drafted would likely cost the Bills their 1st & 2nd round pick. For a PROVEN top route running deep threat they paid a 1st/5th/6th & a 4th next season… That is nothing compared to giving up both your 1st and 2nd.
    Not to mention Diggs fits into the receiving trio with the speed demon John Brown and the sure hands of Cole Beasley.

    The Bills trade for Diggs was smart and will pay off… Especially for Allen.

  19. Fact is the Bills want/need a WR. It was either trading up to get those studs outta college, or taking a known. Giving up the extra picks looks like a lot, but the reality is, and some might disagree loudly, those later round picks probably weren’t making the team. I know it’s crazy but the Bills are deep, we have rotational talent on defense and on offense we need a position or 2. So the 4/5 rounders weren’t making it OR shouldn’t make the team this year. Diggs for a 1st, steep sure but not like we were getting a sure fire “Diggs” at 22 anyways. Draft a big corner/safety, another RB, use FA for line or draft another development and go….. sorry hater, the Bills are well run now, Beane and Co doing a pretty good job. It’s on Allen to continue to show improvement with the talent now assembled around him

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